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Die Buying

(A Mall Cop Mystery #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the army. But there's no time to be bored when someone 'liberates' a 15-foot python from the Herpetology Hut, and a mannequin turns out to be a very real corpse.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love when an author set before a reader an intertwining mystery that may lead to dead ends, red herrings and a long list of suspects. Laura DiSilverio does just that with Die Buying. DiSilverio creates a great character in EJ a mall cop (for now) and a ex-military cop who due to an IED injury that left her with a trouble knee, retire from the military EJ still wants to be a cop and is buying her time until she lands her next dream job. In the meantime, she has a lot on her plate from dealing ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emma-Joy Ferris (EJ) was serving her country in Iraq when shrapnel from an IED blast mangled her knee and lower leg and got her medically discharged and sent home. Her dream is to work for any police department stateside but all she has received is rejections. The only job similar that she now has is being a mall cop for Fernglen Galleria just outside of Vernonville, Virginia.

Most days are spent deterring shoplifters, giving directions, and cruising the mall on her Segway. Today is much more in
I seem to be in gulping-down-light-mysteries mode and I just can't get out of it--as the "serious" books accumulate on my library holds shelf....Laura DiSilverio's "mall cop" series seems like a fun one to be stuck in, though--interesting, engaging protagonist, odd murder, nice side stories, and excellent dialog. Moving on to book 2.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This one fell a little flat to me. I just didn't find EJ to be a great character, but I loved her grandpa. The mystery was okay. Some of the parts that were supposed to be surprising were too predictable.
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Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't expect much from this book, so I was pleasantly surprised. My dubiousness had a lot to do, I admit, with the fact that I don't particularly like shopping. (Huh. I used to loathe it; I wonder when that stopped being true?)

Anyway, E.J. Ferris is an engaging heroine, determined to make her own way in the world; yet the fact that she doesn't, strictly speaking, *have* to actually makes it more credible that she does things that could easily jeopardize her job. The ex-CIA grandfathe
Meg Fee
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The main character is flawed and I like that about her. She was injured while serving in the military police, her knee is in such bad shape that she can't work in the civilian police. She still seems to have nightmares about what happened. I like that she's a little self consious about how her leg looks, but isn't obsessed with it like a lot of 'cozy' mystery characters are with their physical flaws. The closest she can get to working police work is being a mall cop, which nor ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a former Woman Marine (USMC) I really enjoyed the main sleuth, E.J. Ferris. Our E.J is a true Veteran of Afghanistan/Iraq. Having received a military Medical Discharge, E.J's heart is still in law enforcement but her war injuries has her working as a 'Mall Cop.' Do not feel sorry for E.J though, she is a determined, strong-willed, and smart Cop.

Whether it is a dealing with environmental, animal,religious protestors, or with blatant murders, E.J. is on top of the cases, to the annoyance of the
Joanna Slan
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Spending time with mall cop E.J. Ferris is nearly as much fun as shopping the after-Christmas sales! She’s bright, thoughtful, and spunky with a great backstory that makes her oh-so-human. In fact, Emma Joy (E.J.) is the perfect antidote to buyer’s remorse. With its twisty plot and sparkling cast of secondary characters, Laura DiSilverio’s latest book deserves a spot on your “must buy” list.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Not a bad read...not stellar, but not bad. The main character is a bit abrasive, but I think she could grow on me. Loved her grandpa! I'll read the next one.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very very good. a very different kind of heroine! Already reading the next one.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start in a detective series. The main character is a war veteran that works as a mall cop at a large shopping mall in Virginia. A leg injury suffered on the battlefield has perverted EJ 'Emma Joy' Ferris for doing what she wanted more then ever to become a police officer, the only carreer she can muster is as a mall security guard, where her days include pursuing shoplifters, rounding up reptiles, and looking for vandals, that is until one day she spots the body of a big shot mal ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second of this series that I’ve read – But in order it is the first of the series. EJ Ferris is a wounded military policewoman who now works as a mall cop and gets around on a Segway. EJ’s grandpa is an ex-CIA operative who likes to keep his hand in –not always with EJ’s blessing. Starting with a “Freedom” group freeing all the reptiles from the pet store (including a 15 foot python) EJ has her hands full when she discovers a nude male body in the window of an upscale women’s clothin ...more
Brittany L.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance at the title I didn't think that I would enjoy this book at all, but it ended up being an interesting read. I am curious to read the other books and the series and see what continues to happen for EJ, Helland and Jay the "cookie cop"
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story line, I'll be reading more by this author.
Toria Bedell
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A good first book in a series.
Denise Zendel
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emma-Joy Ferris likes mall cop work, even though it's a bit more humdrum than the military policing she did in the Army. EJ’s the black sheep daughter of a famous Hollywood actor and his socialite wife. They don’t really understand why she’s making the choices she makes, and the relationship is awkward, even though they love each other. At her mother's request, she moves to the small town of Vernonville, Va., to “keep an eye on” her grandfather. As a stop-gap while she tries to get on with a rea ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
"Die Buying" is a cozy mystery. There was a nice amount of detail about the setting and job. Suspense was created by the mystery of whodunit and by wondering who was going to die next.

There might have been enough clues by the end to figure out "whodunit" before the reveal, but I lost track of who was who by the last third of the book. The most likely suspects were all similar enough to me as to be hard to keep track of. It also kind of felt like the author had written the story up until then in
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries (in theory). Reading the synopsis tends to make me want to read the book. The problem that usually occurs when I get my hands on one is that I get irritated by the main character who sticks their nose in police business. I do know that it's the definition of a cozy mystery, but something between the idea and the realization doesn't seem to work for me. But I decided to give this book a chance.

The heroine, Emma-Joy Ferris used to be Army military police,
Terri Armstrong
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Die Buying” by Laura Disilverio:

What do you get when you combine an ex-air force officer gone mall cop, a grandfather who used to be a CIA agent, a pet store—which EJ (Emmay-Joy) lovingly dubbed The Herpes Hut—devoid of all animals because of their unlawful release, a security force captain with an over-inflated sense of self-worth, his lackey, a murder victim, and a fifteen-foot python named Agatha on the loose? One hell of a great novel!
EJ Ferris works at the Fernglen Galleria shopping mall i
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
After being wounded in Afghanistan, EJ Ferris retires from the military. Because of her knee injury, instead of starting a career as a police officer, EJ finds herself working in security at a mall. That's right -- move over, Paul Blart. EJ Ferris is a Mall Cop.

I have read a lot of cozy mysteries in my time. I thought I had seen every possible theme...everything from pie shops and cooking schools to witches and ghosts. This series caught my eye because it was a theme I had yet to encounter. Murd
Jennifer Oberth
Oct 31, 2011 added it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Ellie Oberth
Die Buying is the first of the ‘Mall Cop Mysteries’ and the cover has a picture of a Segway in a mall. As a lover of ‘cozy’’ mysteries, I thought this set up would make for a fun read and it did. EJ Ferris is the main character, an injured war vet who just wants to be a cop but can only get a job as a mall cop. Various people delight in reminding her of her duties which include giving mall patrons directions and watching the security cameras, not investigating the murder of an unpopular local bu ...more
A real page turner! Emma-Joy is an injured vet and former military police now working for Fernglen mall, which is suddenly a lot more like the police jobs she's been applying for. Fancy cars are being tagged by spray-paint vandals, there are hints that a drug dealer or two is trying to make the mall their turf, someone just stole and released the entirety of the reptile house's inventory inside the mall (including a 15 ft python named Agatha), and now a prominent developer has been posed naked a ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This first book in the Fernglen Mall mysteries is full of fun and mystery. Emma-Joy Ferris is a wounded war vet who loved her police work for the Army in the Middle East. She won a medal in battle, but the resulting leg wound sent her out of the army on disability. Having been rejected by numerous civilian police departments, she got a job as a security guard at Fernglen Mall in Virginia.

Her rather boring days in mall security abruptly end when a reptile store finds it's stock released into the
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
#1 in the Mall Cop Mystery series. EJ Ferris had a spoiled, privileged Hollywood upbringing. After high school, she rebelled and joined the Air Force. She worked her way through the enlisted ranks to E-7, went to Officer's Training School and after 12 years in the service was a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Police when she was disabled by an IED in Afghanistan. With a damaged knee effecting her mobility, she has been turned down by 29 police forces she has applied to and is working mall security as ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A delightful cozy mystery series.

I've been devouring this genre lately, possibly because they bad guys always get what's coming to them and the good guys continue to live happy, healthy, productive and comfortable lives. Something not alot of us have these days.

At first I thought this would be another typical story of the genre, but this author has surprised me. I'm looking into other series written by her now, including under her other psuedonyms. The main character is very believable as an inj
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
E.J. Ferris, used to patrol with her military unit until she was injured and sent home. Now she patrols the halls of Fernglen Galleria shopping mall as a mall cop. Usually, there's not a lot of excitement at the mall. However, when E.J.'s day starts out with the janitor finding a lizard from the Herpetology Hut, and she finds out all the reptiles were released into the mall by an animal rights group going by the name of L.O.A.F. it promises to be an interesting day. When a mall walker sees a dea ...more
Glenn Miller
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I had expected perhaps charming, or even cute. I got page-turning instead. Not that there aren’t delightful slices of whimsy: escaped reptiles, slow-speed Segway chases, faux-mystic roller derby bombshells, an octogenarian spy-kid roué. But there’s plenty more.

In a suburban mall setting DiSilverio finds the balance between the mundane and the eccentric, and places EJ Ferris at its heart. Of course there’s murder – dramatic and titillating – and of course there are colorful associates (I
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new series - Mall Cop Mystery. E.J. Ferris used to be military police. Due to some action overseas, she's no longer military and no longer a cop. Unknown to most people she's also the daughter of a couple of movie stars and has not plans to going back to the Hollywood lifestyle. She's living in a small town where she can "keep an eye" on her elderly maternal grandfather - a retired C.I.A. agent. She's taken a job as a mall security cop. Some of her co-workers definitely ha ...more
Bonnie Ramthun
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Die Buying and I think you will too. The setting is fresh and original and funny but the characters really make this book an exceptional read. Our main character, E.J. Ferris, is a funny, warm, and flawed former Air Force officer who now works as a mall cop. Her grandfather is possibly my top character of the year. I can't describe him without spoilers, so I won't, but he is simply wonderful. Her love interests are naturally written and very endearing. Okay, I'll admit it, they're hot. T ...more
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I'm the author of the Swift Investigations, Mall Cop and Readaholics mystery series.

After twenty years as an Air Force intelligence officer – serving as a squadron commander, with the National Reconnaissance Office, and at a fighter wing – I retired to parenting and writing full-time.

Spying was easier.

(Laura DiSilverio is also Ella Barrick.)

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